Burleson Recreation Center

Plans for the facility were born from a need for family recreation/aquatic center that accommodated the general population. Aesthetically, the premise behind the design was to make visual connections between various spaces, from outside and inside. Inside the lobby, one can observe almost every main activity taking place throughout the building. From the outside, a key attribute is a dynamic exterior façade with vistas of the aquatic, fitness and jogging track components through the large glass windows. Where possible, the design also highlights the use of “classic Texas materials,” such as limestone for walls and piers; corrugated galvanized “silver” metal roofing and siding; and heavy timber construction.

The $16 million indoor recreational facility also includes a 6-lane-by-25-yard outdoor competitive pool with two diving boards and a plunge slide. The outdoor pool represents the first phase of an outdoor aquatic play area to feature competition lap lanes, plunge slides, a zero-entry pool and water play elements.

The goal was to create a new multiuse recreation facility for residents and guests of the city of Burleson, Texas, a fast-growing suburb of Fort Worth. The central aquatic amenity is a 5-lane-by-25-yard lap/leisure pool. There’s also a water play area for kids and dry amenities including two basketball courts with an elevated jogging track, weight and exercise room, an aerobics/dance studio, a lounge, two meeting rooms with outdoor patios, and two party rooms. The project is a partial collaboration with the local school district, which covered the cost for three additional lap lanes and a swim team “ready” room.

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